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Dive Review of Truk Stop/Truk Stop Hotel in

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by James Knieling, NV, USA
Report Number 3577
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Bikini Atoll, Lake Mead Nevada, Curacao, Aruba, Cozumel, Bequa
Isl. Fiji, Moorea Tahiti
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We went to the bottom of the lagoon with rigid time constraints to avoid
getting bent. You could dive your computer, but every one followed the
boats out of the water constraints. They were liberal as much as possible
in this deep environment.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This is a basic operation. Friendly, courteous, helpful and open to divers
who want doubles and nitrox. I recommend them over their competition for
diving since their other end of the island operator's boatman nearly got me
drowned. The room is basic, but oh the a/c is great. No outside TV, but it
has a vcr & tv. I don't recommend the Sunday Buffet. This is a really
poor island which makes most of the Caribbean look rich. 

The San Francisco Maru is a great dive at 180' with 3-tanks pointing their
guns up like they are ready to fire. The Fujikawa Maru is INCREDIBLE a must
see for coral & small fish lovers! The best corals & schools of
fish I have ever seen in one place. It is a shallow second dive.

I was incredibly lucky and hit the best weather day in six months with vis
of 200 feet. 

My last day with their competition on a tanker was rotten. Vis of 10 feet
and bad current. I was a single and stuck being last off the boat. Everyone
had gone down when I was allowed to go. I could not see anything so I
headed down 100-feet to the bottom. 

I got caught in the current and missed the boat. I surfaced behind the boat
and kept signaling with my whistle & 9' New Zealand Sausage for the
boat to pick me up as I floated farther & farther away. For 15 minutes
I struggled without a snorkel not to use up my air, because I wanted to
finish this dive. 

I kept having leg cramps from my torn knee & hamstring which I had
operated on when I returned home. I could not get a last minute refund of
my trip. -Take out early accident trip ins! He finally picked me up and I
jumped in and went down to the wreck. It has very nice corals & small
Bottom Line: Truk is well worth diving. I recommend diving Truk Stop using
a double setup which they rented me for their deep dives. It is worth a
week in Palua & Truk.
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